Above is my crystallizing bee tea sugar syrup from the weekend. As in an earlier post, I read up on the chemistry of sugar saturation and changed my formula.
The bee tea below was made with the new formula:
- 2 cups chamomile tea, steeped for 20 minutes
- 8 cups of water
- leaves from three or four sprigs of thyme
- several shakes of coarse sea salt
- 1/2 tsp of lemon juice
- 20 cups of sugar
The jars below have been sitting for three days in my cool-at-night kitchen and have not crystallized. I've moved the jars, shaken them up (one way that crystals sometimes begin to form) and no crystals have formed.
The addition of the lemon juice which should serve to break the sucrose into glucose and fructose (and thus stop crystals from forming) had two effects. The syrup has not formed crystals. The thyme leaves instead of floating suspended in the syrup have all sunk to the bottom. You can see them in the photo below, lying on the bottom of the jars.
The addition of simply 1/2 tsp of lemon juice to this much syrup was enough to accomplish my goal. Whoo Hoo!